TERRE HAUTE, IN — The Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CODA) will expand its prevention education programs to middle schools and high schools in five Indiana counties, including Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vigo and Vermillion, thanks to a $5,250 grant from Verizon Wireless.
“Prevention education is one of the most effective means of combating teen dating violence,” said Susan Hall, executive director of the Terre Haute-based organization. “Dating violence has increased significantly over the last several years. This donation from Verizon Wireless enables us to expand our program and reach more teens, so we can break the cycle of teen dating violence.”
The grant will expand an existing program called “Choose Respect” for area middle schools and also support a new program for area high schools called “Eyes Wide Open.” Schools do not have to pay for the programs, and the grant will help fund education materials provided to parents and their children.
Last year, CODA’s education programs reached 2,191 children – 963 of whom are middle and high school students. Hall said CODA’s goal is to reach at least 1,500 middle and high school students this year and considerably more in 2011 as the “Eyes Wide Open” program begins.
“Verizon Wireless understands that education is critical to diminishing risky behaviors in children than can be passed on into adulthood,” said David Scott, a manager of one of the two Terre Haute Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in Vigo County. “Our company is committed to the communities where our customers and employees live and work and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors in these counties.”
The grant was made possible by the HopeLine® from Verizon program, which converts no-longer-used wireless phones into support for survivors of domestic violence.
Since HopeLine’s national phone recycling and reuse program was launched in 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than 7 million phones, distributed more than 90,000 phones with the equivalent of more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by domestic violence survivors, and awarded more than $7.9 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.
Statewide, Hoosiers donated 22,339 no-longer-used phones to the HopeLine program in 2009. This year, Verizon Wireless has donated nearly $30,000 in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and shelters in Indiana.
HopeLine wireless phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation, including the Terre Haute locations at 3373 U.S. Highway 41 and 3401 South U.S. Highway 41. Phones given to the HopeLine program are refurbished and resold for reuse or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. For more information on the HopeLine from Verizon program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.
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In Indiana, Verizon Wireless has more than 550 employees and 38 company-owned retail locations in 24 cities, including Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Lawrence, Merrillville, Mishawaka, Muncie, Noblesville, Plainfield, Portage, Schererville, South Bend, Terre Haute, Valparaiso and Warsaw.
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